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No assembly required: Arizona utilities let customers cut electricity bills through innovative solar
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While large-scale solar panel installations receive a lot of attention because of their size and the sheer amount of energy they're capable of generating, smaller, midsized photovoltaic installations are growing in popularity. Midsized solar farms are an increasingly profitable option for companies and are not as scrutinized during the regulatory review process. More

Burgeoning solar sector helps push down clean energy costs
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There are encouraging signs that New Jersey's solar sector may be growing so rapidly that it is beginning to drive down the cost of clean energy. For the first time in six tries, a utility-sponsored program to promote installation of solar systems attracted enormous interest, with more applicants seeking to participate than ever before in a proceeding overseen by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. More

Chicago skyscraper to generate solar electricity
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Skyscrapers, notorious huge energy consumers, may soon become solar energy producers. In an experimental program, Chicago's tallest building, Willis Tower (previously the Sears Tower) will soon feature high power density photovoltaic glass units on the south side of the 56th floor, replacing the existing windows with a new type of photovoltaic glass developed by Pythagoras Solar. More

Cooper B-Line's Solar Training Roadshow

Cooper B-Line’s Solar Training Roadshow is traveling across America April – May, 2011. These two-hour sessions cover topics like the latest trends in solar, the benefits of our new ARISTA™ Monolithic Solar Mounting System and more. Enjoy refreshments and networking opportunities, too. For locations, dates and more details, visit

Lakeland Electric to build 18,000-panel solar farm in Florida
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There's a new farm coming to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida, but don't expect cows or horses. A new facility that Lakeland Electric officials call a solar farm will be built at the west end of the runway and will generate enough electricity to serve 2,000 homes. It will be the biggest solar farm at an airport in the country, Lakeland Electric officials said. More

Rhode Island offers grant for East Providence solar farm
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Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says the state will lend $200,000 to efforts to turn a closed landfill into a solar energy farm. Chafee made the announcement at the 229-acre former city dump, which closed in 1979. Officials in East Providence want to turn the location into one of New England's largest solar energy facilities. More

Philadelphia Navy Yard to get solar storage
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Philadelphia's revitalization project of its Navy Yard and surrounding waterfront property will also include solar storage, according to International Battery. The Allentown, Penn.-based battery manufacturer says its large format lithium ion energy storage system will be used on a 2,700 square-foot building as part of the Philadelphia Energy Innovation Hub. More

North Carolina bill would double solar power requirements
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Solar energy is proving so successful in North Carolina that industry advocates want to double the amount of sun-powered electricity that is required by state law. A bill introduced Monday in the General Assembly would raise North Carolina's solar energy requirement to 0.4 percent of all retail electricity sold by electric utilities by 2018. The current requirement, set by the state's sweeping 2007 green energy law, is 0.2 percent. More

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New Jersey city to receive solar energy facility
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West Amwell Township, N.J., has been allowed by the township's zoning board of adjustment to receive its first solar energy facility. Green Power of West Amwell LLC, a future New Jersey solar installation facility, will be created in the township after lengthy deliberation, according to New Jersey publication The Beacon. More

Program may unearth new solar technology
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It's not going to be the next blockbuster reality show, but the new America's Next Top Energy Innovator program, launched on March 29 by the Department of Energy, could produce new solar and alternative energy stars. The program will encourage startup companies and entrepreneurs to license patents developed at national laboratories, like the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and bring the technologies to market. More

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Busch Introduces New COBRA Dry Screw Vacuum Pumps

Busch launched a new range of dry screw, single-stage vacuum pumps suited for processes in solar and semiconductor industries. The COBRA DS series maximizes production uptime, reduces energy consumption and provides a high ROI.

These pumps are capable of advanced monitoring and interfacing between the pump and the process tool. Monitoring of water and nitrogen flow, motor speed, motor current and many others parameters is possible. MORE
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Solar panels power Central Valley pistachio farm
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Alongside the sprawling grove of pistachio trees at Nichols Farms near Fresno, a 6-acre solar-panel installation is now up and running. The 1-megawatt concentrating photovoltaic project, built by Bechtel Power Corp. and featuring SolFocus technology, is being called the first of its kind in the agricultural Central Valley. More

This summer, solar stars will raise the roof
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They're trying to save the world -- one house at a time. Thousands of college students around the country have spent the past two years designing and building entire solar-powered homes to compete in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. later this year. The list of competitors was just whittled to twenty teams, who'll test the efficiency of their projects in a variety of contests later this year. What's the prize? Nothing more than bragging rights. More


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Washington bill would place solar projects at food banks
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Washington lawmakers are considering allowing community-funded solar energy systems to be installed at the state's food banks -- a step aimed at promoting renewable energy while reducing operating costs at the overstretched nonprofits. More

Concentrating PV: A cost-effective option for distributed solar
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Concentrating solar typically fills energy nerds with visions of large fields of mirrors focusing sunlight to make heat/steam/electricity, but concentration technology is also available for photovoltaics. In fact, using lenses to focus sun onto PV cells — concentrated PV or CPV — may prove to be a more cost-effective (and compact) strategy of doing solar power than either concentrating solar thermal power or traditional solar PV. More

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Iowa Senate OKs tax credit for solar, wind energy
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The Iowa Senate has approved a measure providing up to $10 million a year in tax credits for the installation of wind and solar power generators at homes, businesses and farms. The Senate voted 49-1 Monday to approve the bill, which provides up to $15,000 for businesses and farms and $3,000 for homeowners that install wind or solar generators. More

Lower costs drive up building integrated PV market
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A recent report from Pike Research forecasts that, driven mainly by lower costs, the global BIPV market will see strong growth in the coming years, with annual wholesale revenues rising from $744 million in 2010 to nearly $4 billion in 2016, under a base case scenario. More

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Minnesota powering up with solar in a big way
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With lower prices for the technology and an array of clean-energy incentives to help investors, Minnesota saw a big jump in solar energy projects last year. But there's still a long way to go. More

Renewable energy bill gets Senate committee nod
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Even as legislators seek to open the door for renewable energy in Florida, senators in the Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee shut it Monday on many of the small, independent producers of solar and biomass energy in the state. More

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Sacramento, Calif., switching to solar power
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Sacramento City Hall is going to try to save taxpayers money by going solar. City Council approved a plan last week to install more than 8,000 solar panels across four sites later this year. Once the panels are installed and working, they are expected to produce about 2.6 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. According to SolarCity, the company installing the panels, that is enough energy to power about 250 homes. More

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